Coaches vs. Cancer Event Caps Winterfest Weekend

31 Jan 2018
ByMaria Asteinza

Last Sunday, January 28, members of the Fieldston boys and girls varsity basketball teams participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic, an annual fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

"We host the classic in conjunction with Ray Barile, associate director of athletics and the girls varsity basketball coach at Horace Mann, who has been running this event for 19 years," explained Gus Ornstein, ECFS's director of athletics. "In total, we host 14 basketball games—7 girls games and 7 boys games—all day on a Sunday. The objective is for each team to try and raise money for the American Cancer Society. It is a very cool event."

Senior Phoebe May, who participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic all four of her high school years, notes that "every year it has been a great experience. To see a whole community coming together to support an important cause and to play a sport I love makes the day really amazing. The atmosphere is always exciting, and it's great to get to watch so many other teams play."

Her classmate Nicholas Gibson concurs: "This was my fourth appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It is an amazing event that brings very talented teams to the Fieldston campus to support a great cause. I am filled with pride each year."

Coaches vs. Cancer, a program founded in 1993 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, unites more than 500 coaches nationwide in the fight against cancer. To date, it has raised more than 20 million dollars to support the research, patient services, advocacy, and prevention/early detection programs of the American Cancer Society.

"Although we will be collecting funds for around another month," said Barile, "it looks like the High School Basketball Classic is on track to raise between $45,000 and $50,000 this year."